Udom To Sack Commissioners, SAs – Over Suspicion Of Disloyalty

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The plan by the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel to sack some members of the State Executive Council over alleged disloyalty has generated tension in the exco.
The Sensor authoritatively gathered that the governor has penciled down no fewer than six commissioners and top aides to be sacked in the expected cabinet reshuffle.
It was further gathered that apart from the disloyal members who are said to be having plans to defect from Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to All Progressives Party, APC, some other members of the council want to pursue their political ambition to represent their constituencies.
It would be recalled that Governor Udom has since he assumed office in 2015, carried out two cabinet reshuffle and the Ministry of Education has had three commissioners within three years.
Again, two ministries have been without a commissioner following the death of Prof. Eno Ikpe who was at Ministry of Commerce and Investment, and ignominious sacking of Mr. Udo Ekpenyong as Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, early this year.
But confirming the planned cabinet reshuffle, a top government source told The Sensor on condition of anonymity that the could dissolve the cabinet any moment from now to weed out disloyal members while those seeking to represent their constituencies are also planning to leave. “Baring any unforeseen circumstances, the governor will definitely dissolve the cabinet any time from now.
“From what I know, six commissioners may likely go. Some of them are going as a result of disloyalty, while others are eyeing elective positions in their areas. Again, the governor will coordinators who will coordinate the activities of his re-election in their various constituencies.”
Another source told The Sensor that long serving commissioners especially those who served in the last administration could also be shown the way out of the cabinet. This, it was learnt, is to enable the governor bring in person who will help him secure second term. The source said that the long serving exco members have outlived their stay and are no-longer popular among their people.
Efforts to get Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Charles Udoh to respond to inquiry on the planned cabinet reshuffle has proved abortive as he did not pick his call or reply text message sent to him.

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